Law Enforcement and Dispute Resolution


A nation’s laws are the deepest expression of its culture. They say what we value and how we intend to get along and hold ourselves together as a people.

–Hon. Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, Tribal Court Judge, Hualapai, Gila River, Karuk

NNI staff have long been engaged on issues of justice and law enforcement in Indian Country for two evidence-based reasons:

  1. the econometric evidence: Native nations with more effective court systems are those best able to attract investment of all forms, be it financial, physical, or human.
  2. the qualitative evidence: It is difficult for healthy community development to proceed when tribal citizens feel unsafe and afraid.

Publications & Projects

Indigenous Justice New Tools Book

This highly topical collection of essays addresses contemporary issues facing Indigenous communities from a broad range of multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. Drawing from across the social sciences and humanities, this important volume challenges the established norms, theories, and methodologies within the field, and argues for the potential of a multidimensional approach to solving problems of Indigenous justice.


Tribal Issues Advisory Group Report

The United States Sentencing Commission established the Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG) as an ad hoc advisory group to the Commission. This report provides the TIAG's views on federal sentencing issues relating to American Indian defendants and victims, and offenses committed in Indian country.


The State of the Native Nations

Media filters and personal preconceptions can make it hard to get a clear view of present-day Indian America. The reality is that the 500+ Native nations in the United States confront many of the same day-to-day challenges that are faced by other nations and communities. This book chronicles the efforts, obstacles, and accomplishments that are shaping Indian Country under contemporary federal policies and responsive tribal strategies of self-determination.


A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer

NNI supported the Indian Law and Order Commission as research staff for its report, A Roadmap for Making Native American Safer. This role included facilitation of commission meetings to determine and refine recommendations, factual and legal research to support recommendations, and drafting.

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